Here are some tips to help you to get sewing between chores, after work, whilst your baby sleeps or when that strap breaks!
Get your machine out and leave it out. If your machine is easy to get to, then pulling up a chair and getting those trousers hemmed will be more achievable. This will help even if the spot where it stays is not where you will use it. Rather use the time it would have taken to find the machine to sew instead. Tip: Pop a cover or towel over it to keep it dust free.
Join a sewing ‘meeting’. Set time and money aside just like you would for a meeting, school run or coffee with a friend. Once a week/ month or even every second month will help develop your skills, wardrobe and sewing is wonderfully therapeutic. Groups are starting in W5 and W13 now so tell me when and how often you want to meet.
Keep all your thread in one place, close by – even if it’s a messy box of threads. If they’re in one place you’ll instantly know if you have the colour or not. It’s obvious but you can’t sew without thread.
Keep a little note book at your machine. Write down the name of each project and list the steps involved to get it done as you work it out mentally. This way you’ll immediately know what needs doing – even if you’ve only got a few minutes to do a bit of unpicking, pinning etc. Getting you sewing instead of using your precious sewing time to figure it out (again and again) and never actually getting it done!
More bobbins equals less bobbin filling. Don’t run small quantities of different colours over each other. Rather get a stock of empty bobbins and run the bobbin full. This way you’re more likely to have a bobbin with the colour you need for those quick sewing jobs.
Happy sewing 2014!
I’m excited to give you a run down of the latest classes.. doing the class timetable right now.. we have small classes of 4-6 people and offer classes on Saturdays, Tuesday & Thursday mornings and weekday evenings for the 2 hour classes. Why not spend the holiday making some beautiful things. Let me know which you’d like to join us for!
2 hour classes cost £25 – Tuesday/ Thursday evenings
3 hour classes cost £35 – Tuesday/ Thursday 10am-1pm or Saturday 10.30am-1.30pm / 3am-6pm
(Current prices expiring 30 Sept 2013)
…for all levels
Supervised Sewing Groups – 3 hour session, £15 bring own project
Know how to use your machine but lack confidence to start (or finish) a project on your own? Join us for cake, tea and most importantly advice and guidance at hand.
- Machine sewing skills – 3 hour class, £35 (Skill: Beginners/ Refreshers)
Threading the machine, sewing in a straight line, which stitches to use when, technique, troubleshooting, basic concepts of making things. Hire a machine for £5 or dust yours off and get back into the swing of things again.
- Cutting & choosing fabrics – 2 hour class, £25 (Skill: Beginners)
Understanding different fabrics: characteristics, buying, cutting, how much to buy. Which needles, thread, foot pressure to use. (Related class: Following a pattern for intermediate)
- Alterations – 2 hour class, £25
All skill levels. Find out how to tackle those repairs & alterations you didn’t think you could do yourself! Take garments in/out, hemming, darning, broken zips, etc.
- PJ bottoms – 3 hour class, £35 bring own fabric (Skill: Beginners)
Make a pair of comfy, chilling-out-on-the-couch PJ bottoms.
- Zips & button holes – 2 hour class, £25 (Skill: Beginners)
Zips made easy! Make neat buttonholes on your machine easily.
- Make a little girl’s dress – 3 hour class, £35 bring own fabric
Make a little girl’s dress pillowcase dress or pinafore including button hole.
- Following a pattern – 3 hour class, £35 bring own fabric
Learn what all the abbreviations and terms mean. How to cut the fabric out and steps in using a clothing pattern. Including basics of sizing a pattern to your measurements.
- Curtains – 2 hour class, £25
Learn and practice the basics of making your own lined hanging curtains and save hundreds of pounds. Fabric calculations also included.
- Little girl’s dress theory only – 2 hour class, £25
Learn the basics of making little girl’s dresses which are size adjustable ideas and tricks to make them fit for longer.
See you soon for a cuppa tea and some sewing!
I simply don’t wear pull overs as much as I wear cardigans and zip up jumpers. So when I saw this pull over I almost didn’t buy it BUT instead, I sliced it open up the centre front and sewed a zip in – using my zipper foot on my machine to get right in as close next to the zip as possible.
Check out group class dates and book or express interest. Classes start this weekend.
Classes: Zips & button holes, Cushions and curtains, Alterations, Little girl’s dresses.
So this bag was simply a big hole and everything just bundled into a mess at the bottom. Need some dividers here!
I now have a bag with 2 big divisions and I have more options to put the contents.
Transform your wardrobe out of the naughties. Why buy more when you have great sewing projects at home. Make a skirt from an old pair of jeans or make a wide pair of trousers skinny and ‘in’. Check out the web for fab ideas like a T-shirt tote bag or mittens made from an old jumper!